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I Love You, Daddy

I Love You, Daddy
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byLouis C.K.
Produced by
Screenplay byLouis C.K.
Story by
  • Louis C.K.
  • Vernon Chatman
Music by
CinematographyPaul Koestner
Edited byLouis C.K.
Release date
  • September 9, 2017 (2017-09-09) (TIFF)
Running time
114 minutes
CountryUnited States

I Love You, Daddy is a 2017 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Louis C.K. and starring C.K., Chloë Grace Moretz, Pamela Adlon, John Malkovich, Rose Byrne, Charlie Day and Helen Hunt. Co-producer Vernon Chatman co-wrote the story with C.K.; it is C.K.'s first film as director since Pootie Tang, released sixteen years earlier. C.K. plays television writer and producer Glen Topher, who becomes disconcerted after his teenage daughter (Moretz) is seduced by a much older film director (Malkovich).

The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017. Initially scheduled to be released in the United States on November 17, 2017 by The Orchard, the film was dropped following sexual misconduct accusations made against C.K. a week prior to the intended debut. On December 8, 2017, it was reported that C.K. was purchasing the film's global distribution rights back from The Orchard.


  • Louis C.K. as Glen Topher, Aura’s ex-husband and China’s father
  • Chloë Grace Moretz as China Topher, Glen and Aura’s daughter
  • Pamela Adlon as Maggie, Glen’s girlfriend
  • John Malkovich as Leslie Goodwin, a famed director known for his taste in women considerably younger than him
  • Rose Byrne as Grace Cullen, Glen’s pregnant actress love interest
  • Charlie Day as Ralph, Glen’s friend
  • Edie Falco as Paula, Glen’s partner
  • Helen Hunt as Aura Topher, Glen’s ex-wife and China’s mother
  • Albert Brooks as Dick Welker
  • Ebonee Noel as Zasha
  • Dan Puck as Raymond Ross
  • Rich Vos as French Paparazzi #1
  • Robert Kelly as French Paparazzi #2


Production for the film was fully secret, with C.K. shooting entirely on black and white 35 mm film in June 2017.[1][2][3] C.K.'s long-time collaborator Paul Koestner served as the film's cinematographer.[4] The film's score by Zachary Seman and Robert Miller was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.[5][6]


The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017,[1] where distribution rights were bought by company The Orchard for $5 million.[7] It was scheduled to be released on November 17, 2017, in a limited release before opening wide on December 1.[8][9]

On November 9, The Orchard canceled the New York premiere of the film due to "unexpected circumstances".[10] The Hollywood Reporter reported that a possibly damaging upcoming New York Times story on C.K. was the reason for the cancellation.[10] The Times published the story later in the day, accusing C.K. of sexual misconduct against five women.[11][12] On November 10, 2017, a week before it was set to be theatrically released, it was pulled from the schedule.[13] Shortly after, international distributors dropped the film and scrapped all release plans.[14][15][16]

In December 2017, C.K. was reported to have purchased the film's global distribution rights back from The Orchard.[17] [17] Asked about C.K.'s move to purchase the rights, lead actress Chloë Grace Moretz said in an August 2018 interview with The New York Times that she would prefer the movie "just kind of go away, honestly" adding that "it’s devastating to put time into a project and have it disappear".[18] She elaborated the following month that she doesn't "think that it’s a perspective or a story that needs to be told in this day and age, especially in the wake of everything that’s come to light".[19]

Critical reception

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 37% based on 41 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10.[20] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on reviews from 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[21]

The Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw gave the film a four-star review, calling it a "very funny and recklessly provocative homage to Woody Allen, channelling his masterpiece Manhattan."[22] Variety critic Owen Gleiberman was less positive, writing that "the film meanders, and its second half is shapeless," although he praised the dialogue and cast.[23]


  1. ^ a b Rosen, Christopher (August 15, 2017). "Louis C.K. to Debut First Feature Film in 16 Years". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (August 15, 2017). "Stealth Louis C.K. Movie to Make World Premiere at Toronto Film Festival". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (September 11, 2017). "Toronto: Louis C.K.'s I Love You, Daddy Sells to the Orchard for $5 Million (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  4. ^ O'Falt, Chris (September 9, 2015). "'I Love You Daddy' DP on Shooting B&W 35mm, Hitchcock's Influence on the Secret Movie, and the Discerning Eye of Louis C.K." IndieWire. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (September 7, 2017). "Toronto: Why Louis C.K. Wants His "Secret" Film to Play on the Big Screen (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Abbey Road at The Toronto International Film Festival". Abbey Road. September 7, 2017. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Indiewire Staff (September 7, 2017). "TIFF 2017 Deals: The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far". Indiewire. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  8. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 27, 2017). "Louis C.K. Dark Comedy 'I Love You, Daddy' Gets November Release". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  9. ^ CK, Louis (November 1, 2017). "About the Movie: 'I Love You, Daddy'". Louis C.K. official website]. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Schaffstall, Katherine (November 9, 2017). "Louis C.K.'s Movie Premiere Canceled in Advance of N.Y. Times Story". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Ryzik, Melena; Buckley, Cara; Kantor, Jodi (November 9, 2017). "Louis C.K. Crossed a Line into Sexual Misconduct, 5 Women Say". The New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  12. ^ Hipes, Patrick (November 9, 2017). "Louis C.K.'s 'I Love You, Daddy' Premiere Canceled, Colbert Spot Scrapped".
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 10, 2017). "The Orchard No Longer Moving Forward With Release Of Louis C.K.'s 'I Love You, Daddy'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  14. ^ Kay, Jeremy (November 13, 2017). "International distributors drop Louis C.K.'s 'I Love You, Daddy' (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  15. ^ Kelassy, Elsa; Vivarelli, Nick (November 14, 2017). "Louis C.K.'s 'I Love You, Daddy' Dropped by International Distributors". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (November 14, 2017). "Louis C.K.'s 'I Love You, Daddy' Release Dropped By All Overseas Distributors". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  17. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (8 December 2017). "Louis C.K. Buying Back 'I Love You, Daddy' Following Scandal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  18. ^ Shattucl, Kathryn (10 August 2018). "After a Quick Breather, Chloë Grace Moretz Comes Out Fighting". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Chloe Grace Moretz Says Her Louis C.K. Film 'Shouldn't Be Seen'". Variety. September 8, 2018.
  20. ^ "I Love You, Daddy (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  21. ^ "I Love You, Daddy reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  22. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (September 10, 2017). "I Love You, Daddy Review – Louis CK's Brazen Comedy is a Screwball Success". The Guardian. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  23. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (September 9, 2017). "Toronto Film Review: Louis C.K.'s I Love You, Daddy". Variety. Retrieved September 11, 2017.

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